Skills Acquisition Program

ESFA participates in the Football NSW Skill Acquisition Program (SAP), which is part of the talented pathway for players aged between 9-12 years of age. Our program is the designated pathway program in the Eastern Suburbs aligned with Sydney FC Academy.

Through our relationship with Sydney FC, players from our program are scouted each year to represent Sydney FC with their Youth League Academy.  Furthermore, our relationship with other Youth League clubs in the Metro East area ensures our players who graduate from the program are given the best opportunity to play at the highest level.

SAP incorporates the fundamental principles of the FFA National Curriculum and MiniRoos regulations, including match formats, training loads, match loads, program duration and field dimensions.

Our experienced youth developers (coaches) are all highly qualified professionals (FFA/AFC A and B Licence holders) that focus on individual development and preparing players to take the next step into youth teams.

Training sessions are designed to follow and incorporate the 4 core skills and focus on individual performance and game understanding/awareness.  Emphasis is placed on development rather than winning matches, although we encourage players to develop a ‘winning mentality’ through their actions and attitude.  This program is designed for players who are serious about developing their football skills and furthering themselves in the years to come.

Players are selected into the program based on their current skill level, their potential to develop the key skills required, their attitude and commitment to the program.

Trials generally take place in October (2021 dates to be confirmed) and players are put through several stations, along with small-sided games to highlight their individual attributes.

To register your interest to trial with ESFA, please fill out the following link:

Boys SAP:

For further information please email the

In 2021, ESFA Teams will participate in the following age groups:

Mixed SAP – full-time program:

U9: boys and girls born in 2012
U10: boys and girls born in 2011
U11: boys and girls born in 2010
U12: boys and girls born in 2009

Key Season 2020/21 dates:

Trial Period November (by invitation) TBC TBC
Pre Season Training  November/December Nov – Dec 2 times per week (Mon/Wed)
  February/March TBC 2 times per week plus trial games
Season March until August TBC 3 times per week plus games

Selected players are required to attend 2-3 training sessions per week plus their scheduled matches on Sunday mornings (occasional Saturday games).  ESFA provides all participating players their yearly schedule by January of each year and therefore it is expected that players attend ALL required training and games.

Cost of the program:  $1500 (includes all training gear).

Upon selection into the program, a deposit of $600 must be paid to secure your spot.  The remaining fees ($900) is expected by February prior to the season commencing.  Please note, Active Kids vouchers are applicable and can be used at the time of registration in February.

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